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Type Conference Paper - Agricultural & Applied Economics Association’s 2015 AAEA Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, CA, July 26-28, 2015
Title Fertilizer Intensification and Soil Fertility Impact on Maize Yield Response in Northern Ghana
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2015
URL http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/bitstream/205694/1/Fertilizer Intensification and Soil Fertility Impact​on Maize Yield Response in Northern Ghana.pdf
Fertilizer use and intensity is low in Sub-Saharan Africa. Further, soil fertility has been
declining over the years. These together have potentially been contributing to lower crop
yields particularly for smallholder farmers. In this study we examine maize yield response
to nitrogen in three Districts in Northern Ghana controlling for a number of covariates
including soil fertility which have received less attention in the literature. Results show
that soil fertility is crucial in increasing yields in Northern Ghana and increasing nitrogen
per ha enhances maize yield up to a certain yield plateau beyond which further increases
will not increase yields.

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